Douglas resident Dennis George Heatley died Sept. 2, 2007, of cancer at his home. He was 57.
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He was born in 1950, in Darlington, in County Durham, England, and first visited Alaska in 1988. He met and fell in love with Alaska and Myra that year and lived with both dear to his heart until his death, his family said. In addition to living in Cooper Landing, he lived for several years in Anchorage prior to moving to Juneau in 2002. He was building a log home in Anchor Point, where he hoped to retire.
He was a welder and pipefitter. Completing his apprenticeship in England, he worked in England, Scotland, South Africa, Brazil and Norway, where he lived for several years. He was employed by Doyon Drilling and had worked on the North Slope for the past 11 years.
According to his family, he loved to fish, and he was able to fish in many countries. He loved to fly and had a private pilot's license. He learned to hunt in Alaska and enjoyed many successful hunts with Rob Barto and Jim Farrar. He had a passion for traveling and would tell stories about many of the countries that he visited to the delight of his listeners, his family said. He was a loving and generous spirit and was a good friend to many. He lived large and laughed often. He had an incredible zest for life and believed anything was possible, his family said.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Heatley, and mother, Betty (Bale) Heatley.
He is survived by his wife, Myra Gilliam; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Jill Heatley; mother and father-in-law, Charles and Doretta Gilliam; brother- and sister-in-law, David and Amy Rowe; nephew and niece, Gabriel and Helena Rowe; brother-in-law, Douglas Gilliam; brother- and sister-in-law, Jerry and Judy Gilliam; and many friends around the world.
There will be memorial services. A scattering of ashes will take place in Anchor Point and at Loch Lomond, Scotland.